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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Never Avenge Yourselves Leave the Wrath To God


Let God Take His Wrath Upon Those Who Sin Against Him
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher
Romans 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
Never 3361 yourselves 1438 avenging 1556 beloved 27 but 235 give 1325 place 5117 to wrath 3709 it has been written 1125 indeed 1063 Mine (is) 1473 vengeance 1557 will repay 467 says (the) 3004 Lord 2962
KJV: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18; 1 Samuel 25:26,33; Proverbs 24:17, 18, 19,29; Ezekiel 25:12)
Never - The English definition of never is not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future.
Beloved (27) (agapetos from agapao = love; agape) means beloved, dear, very much loved.
Do Not Take revenge (1556) Webster's) = to avenge (as oneself) usually by retaliating in kind or degree; to inflict injury in return for (revenge an insult); To inflict pain or injury in return for an injury received. Revenge is an action of inflicting harm or damage on someone else in retaliation forharm or damage inflicted on you., http://www.yourdictionary.com/revenge
Vengeance is something done in revenge. punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense; retribution - the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter . Payback, resprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, revenge. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vengeance
Forbidden Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 24:29; Romans 12:17,19; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 3:9
But - Here Paul presents the Spirit enabled, supernatural contrast.
Give place unto wrath.—It seems best to understand this of “the wrath of God” (indicated in the Greek, here as elsewhere, by the use of the article). Stand aside yourself as a mere spectator, and let the wrath of God have free course to accomplish itself as He shall think well. The other most plausible interpretation would be, “Give room to the wrath of your adversary; let it spend itself; resist not evil,” etc., as in Matthew 5:39. The sense, “Allow time for your own anger to cool,” cannot be got out of the Greek. The view first stated is to be preferred.
Wrath (3709 to swell. conveys the picture of a swelling which eventually bursts, and thus describes an anger that proceeds from one’s settled nature. Does not refer to uncontrollable anger to which men are so prone but to God's settled indignation and controlled passionate hostile feeling toward sin in all its various manifestations. Settled indignation means that God’s holiness cannot and will not coexist with sin in any form whatsoever Is not the momentary, emotional, and often uncontrolled anger (thumos - 2372) to which human beings are prone. Is used primarily of God's holy, righteous wrath but occasionally refers to the wrath of men (see Ephesians 4:31)
FOR IT IS WRITTEN: (Deuternomy 32:35 Proverbs 25:21,22 cp Matthew 5:43-47)
For (gar) is a term of explanation = always pause, ponder and query "for" when it is used as a term of explanation, relying on your Teacher, the Spirit, to give you illumination to the meaning of the text and context.
It is written -God said it, that settles it, whether I believe it or not! It is written should put a stop to every complaint or excuse.
Written is in the perfect tense (gegraphtai) which emphasizes the lasting and binding authority of that which was written. It has been written at some point in time in the past (cf Lv 11:44, 19:2, 20:7 were originally inscribed with a stylus by Moses probably on clay tablets under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit circa 1500BC) and it "stands" written.
VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY, SAYS THE LORD: (Ro 13:4; Deuteronomy 32:35,43; Psalms 94:1-3; Nahum 1:2,3; Hebrews 10:30
Do not be deceived, (present imperative + negative ~ stop being deceived, implying some already were being deceived - remember too that when we are deceived, by definition we don't even know it!
The natural instinct is to answer enmity with enmity, and kindliness with kindliness. There are many people of whom we think well and like, for no other reason than because we believe that they think well of and like us. Such a love is really selfishness. In the same fashion, dislike, and alienation on the part of another naturally reproduce themselves in our own minds. A dog will stretch its neck to be patted, and snap at a stick raised to strike it. It requires a strong effort to master this instinctive tendency, and that effort the plainest principles of Christian morality require from us all. The precepts in our text are in twofold form, negative and positive; and they are closed with a general principle, which includes both these forms, and much more besides.
I. We deal with the negative precept.
'Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto wrath.' Do not take the law into your own hands, but leave God's way of retribution to work itself out.
II. Take the positive, -- Follow God's way of meeting hostility with beneficence.
The great object which every Christian man is bound to have in view is to win over the enemy and melt away misconceptions and hostility. It is not from any selfish regard to one's own personal ease that we are so to act, but because of the sacred regard which Christ has taught us to cherish for the blessing of peace amongst men, and in order that we may deliver a brother from the snare, and make him share in the joys of fellowship with God.
III. In all life meet and conquer evil with good.
It implies that in all our lives we have to fight evil, and that it conquers, and we are beaten when we are led to do it. It is only conquered by being transformed into good. We overcome our foes when we win them to be lovers.